Cracking the Code

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Coding Congenital Malformations, Deformations, and Chromosomal Abnormalities

Congenital anomalies (birth defects) are abnormalities present at birth. Examples of congenital anomalies are spina bifida and cleft palates and lips.
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Coding Modifier 52 versus Modifier 53

Modifier 52, Reduced Services, and Modifier 53, Discontinued Services are similar but very distinct circumstances.
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Coding Scopes Through Stomas

Documentation in the operative report of a puncture made into the abdomen and the end of the bowel that was brought out indicates the creation of a stoma
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Coding the Zika Virus

Symptoms of Zika virus are often mild if symptoms appear at all. Some common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis.
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Coding Independent Historians

These are the number and complexity of problems addressed, the amount and/or complexity of data to be reviewed and analyzed, and the risk of complications
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Coding Laparoscopy

Codes 44204 and 44205 report laparoscopic partial colectomies with anastomosis and removal of the terminal ileum with ileocolostomy.
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Coding Category II Codes

Category II codes, or Performance Measure codes, as used voluntarily by physicians. They are recognized by four numerical digits followed by the letter F
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Coding Category III Codes

Category III codes can be found in our CPT codebooks. These use four numerical digits followed by the letter T, such as 1234T.
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Coding Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye.
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Coding Modifier TC vs 26

Certain procedures are a combination of a physician or other qualified healthcare professional component and a technical component.
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